Rhode Island actress Viola Davis is talking about her latest project, a television pilot for ABC.
Davis plays ambitious defense attorney Annalise Keating, who also teaches law students at an ivy league university.
"She teaches them how to defend a criminal case in a practical manner by allowing them to help her solve a murder investigation," Davis said, adding there's more than one mystery to be solved after a murder takes place on campus.
The show, "How to Get Away with Murder," takes place in Philadelphia.
Award-winning actor Viola Davis made a stop at Bryant University on Friday during the annual Women’s Summit.
The theme of this year’s conference: “being the CEO of your own life.”
Davis says part of what has made her successful as an actor is her experience growing up in Central Falls.
"Every experience growing up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholism, with poverty, with being the geek always into theater and the Rhode Island State Drama Festival, that has been the wellspring of me as an actor," Davis said.